HTC’s mysterious Volantis could be the last ever Google Nexus tablet

An 8.9in pure Android slate named after a fictional city in Westeros? Sure, why not
The next, and maybe last Nexus tablet could be by HTC

Google could unveil one last Nexus device to satisfy its loyal fans before the Google Nexus range bids us farewell, paving the way for a new wave of “Android Silver” handsets.

Specs and photos of a HTC-forged Nexus tablet codenamed Volantis have appeared online courtesy of Android Police, showing off what could very well be the Google Nexus 9.

According to its sources, the Nexus 9 will land with an 8.9in 2048 x 1440  display, housed within a 0.31in thick aluminium body that weighs 418g.

Its insides are expected to pack in2GB of RAM, stereo front-facing speakers, and Nvidia's desktop class Tegra K1 processor. In comparison, the Nexus 7 is 0.34in thick and weighs 290g.

The next, and maybe last Nexus tablet could be by HTC

If the source image is anything to go by, the Nexus 9 will look like the love child between the iPad Mini, the Asus Nexus 7 and the LG Nexus 5; although, on closer inspection, some of the features - like the front-facing speakers - don't seem to match up.

The source also states that the tablet will be priced at US$400 for the 16GB version and US$500 for the 32GB version. Rumours also hint at a more costly LTE version, expected to be in the US$600 range.

If you’re expecting to see the unit at Google’s upcoming I/O, then prepare to be disappointed. According to Android Police, it will only be revealed alongside Google's next mobile OS version in Q4.

But who knows? Google might just surprise us all and pull one out of the bag. We certainly wouldn't complain if it did.

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[Source and image: Android Police]